Last updated: April 18, 2012
Spring 2012
BIOM 272 and 274: Seminars in Genetics and Molecular Cell Biology

BIOM 272/274: Seminars in Genetics and Seminars in Molecular Cell Biology have been run as a combined class since 2007 and this is the 7th year this course is offered.

We acknowledge the continuous, generous support from the Genetics (Dr. Hamilton) and MCB tracks (Dr. Cleveland) of this class.

Course co-directors:
Karen Oegema, PhD.
Binhai Zheng, Ph.D.


Who may register:
1st year BMS students who are interested in current topics in diverse areas of biological/biomedical research. Depending on space availability, we may or may not be able to accommodate additional students.


Course description:
This course will provide perspective on selected seminars representing a broad spectrum of modern biomedical research areas. The focus is on how science is done and communicated effectively, and not to get to every technical detail of each presentation. The course consists of one seminar on campus (Thursday, 4 pm) and one class meeting (Friday 11 am - 1 pm) per week. The Friday meetings will consist of a student-led discussion of the previous seminar (post-session, 1st hour) and an introduction to the upcoming seminar by a guest lecturer (pre-session, 2nd hour). The guest lecturer (a senior student, postdoctoral fellow or faculty member from the local research community who works on a related research topic) will introduce the upcoming seminar following a format designed to encourage student participation.


Course website: http://zheng.ucsd.edu/biom2012.php

Friday meetings (post- and pre- sessions):
Time: Friday 11:00 am - 1:00 pm (April 6 - June 8)
Place: CMME 2047

Seminars (CMM seminar series. Please note 3 exceptions):
Time: Thursday 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Place: CNCB (formerly CMG) large conference room

Schedule (subject to change):
Notes: Class sessions are shaded in grey; seminars are indicated with white background.
Exceptions are noted in bold.

Week Day Date Time Place Speaker Title or topic
1 Friday 4/6/12 11 - 1 pm CMME 2047 Naden Krogen (Long Lab) Class introduction
Pre-session for Chen (12 - 1 pm)
2 Monday 4/9/12 12 pm NSB 1205 Xuemei Chen Biogenesis, Degradation, and Function of Plant miRNAs
2 Friday 4/13/12 11 -1 pm CMME 2047 Jason Liang (Zhou Lab)

Discussion: Alisha, Claire (2044); Julia, Suzanne (2047)
Pre-session for Durocher (12 - 1 pm)

3 Thursday 4/19/12 4 pm CNCB(CMG) Daniel Durocher The Ubiquitin-dependent Response to DNA Double-strand Breaks
3 Friday 4/20/12 11 - 1 pm CMME 2047 Tamara Bhandari (Nizet Lab) Discussion: Amelia, Colleen (2044); Kelsey, Naomi (2047)
Pre-session for Hung (12 - 1 pm)
4 Thursday 4/26/12 4 pm CNCB(CMG) Deborah Hung Small Molecules, Bacterial Toxins, and Cell Death Pathways
4 Friday 4/27/12 11 - 1 pm CMME 2047 Emily Troemel Discussion: Ayla, Jason (2044); Jim, Jeff (2047)
Pre-session for Johnson (12 - 1 pm)
5 Monday 4/30/12 12 pm NSB 1205 Patricia Johnson Cell Surface and Secreted Factors Mediating Pathogenesis of the Sexually-Transmitted Parasite Trichomonas
5 Friday 5/4/12 11 - 1 pm CMME 2047 Sarah Leinwand (Chalasani Lab) Discussion: Jim, Olivia (2044); Elizabeth, Alisha (2047)
Pre-session for Bargmann (12 - 1 pm)
6 Thursday 5/10/12 4 pm Skaggs Auditorium Cori Bargmann Fifty Years of Solitude: Genes, Circuits, and Social Behaviors in C. elegans
6 Friday 5/11/12 11 - 1 pm CMME 2047 Chloe Rivera (Ren Lab) Discussion: Fernando, Kanaga (2044); Claire, Cara (2047)
Pre-session on Wysocka (12 - 1 pm)
7 Thursday 5/17/12 4 pm CNCB(CMG) Joanna Wysocka Stem Cells, Enhancers, and Emergence of Epigenomes During Development
7 Friday 5/18/12 11 - 1 pm CMME 2047 Janel Kopp (Sander Lab) Discussion: Julia, Naomi (2044); Jason, Kanaga (2047)
Pre-session on Kim (12 - 1 pm)
8 Thursday 5/24/12 4 pm CNCB(CMG) Seung K. Kim Growth and Maturation of Pancreatic Beta-cells in Mice and Humans
8 Friday 5/25/12 11 - 1 pm CMME 2047 Brad Morrison (La Spada Lab) Discussion: Kelsey, Jeff (2044); Fernando (2047)
Pre-session for Guo (12 - 1 pm)
9 Thursday 5/31/12 4 pm CNCB(CMG) Ming Guo Molecular Pathways to Neurodegeneration
9 Friday 6/1/12 11 - 1 pm CMME 2047 Chris Campbell (Desai Lab) Discussion: Elizabeth, Suzanne (2044); Colleen, Ayla (2047)
Pre-session for Compton (12 - 1 pm)
10 Thursday 6/7/12 4 pm CNCB(CMG) Duane Compton Mechanisms of Spindle Organization and Chromosome Segregation in Human Cells
10 Friday 6/8/12 11 - 1 pm CMME 2047 - Discussion: Cara (2044); Amelia, Olivia (2047)
Wrap up/Course evaluation